The Alaska Arts Confluence, Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center, the Village of Klukwan, and others will present "Building Relationships," the third in a series of workshops exploring the Tlingit concept of at.oow, on Friday Aug. 7. This year's workshops will consist of 2½-hour morning and afternoon sessions, with a brown bag lunch and tour of the new Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center in Klukwan. The workshops run from 9:30 a.m to 3 p.m. at the center.
These words complete Harold Napoleon's essay "Yuuyaraq: The Way of the Human Being" (http://ankn.uaf.edu/Publications/Books/Yuuyaraq.pdf). They are remarkable words given the context of the essay and how Napoleon came to write it.
The latest issue of Cirque: A Literary Journal for the North Pacific Rim will be celebrated with a launch party on Thursday, July 23 at the Blue Hollomon Gallery in Anchorage. The issue is available in print through the organization's website at www.cirquejournal.com, and can also be viewed online.
This is wheat beer drinking season for sure. Our abnormally dry and especially hotter summer begs for light, crisp beer, and I'm in the throes of the mood. Sure, there are golden ales, lagers and other light summer sippers, and I have my favorites, but when it comes to what I call certifiable "deck weather" in Alaska, nothing satisfies me more that a true, Bavarian style wheat beer.
It's July, and as many in Juneau know, July is the busiest month of the year. During the summer, more than a million visitors come to Alaska's capital city and I think most of them are here in July. The unusual surprise of having so many people here is that it doesn't seem overly crowded. Yes, the streets are full of folks with mouths opened in awe at the beautiful scenery we enjoy each and every day, and yes, there are those who forget about the crosswalks and walk into the road without really looking, because they are so enamored with the beauty of their surroundings. However, it's important to remember we've all been visitors somewhere, and I believed that when you go on vacation your brain does to. Stuff happens. Assume positive intent and welcome these fine folks to our city, as we would want to be welcomed to theirs.
Even without the guitar, microphone and considerable stage presence, Archie Cavanaugh is impossible to miss during a recent lunch hour rush at the Gold Creek Salmon Bake near Twin Lakes. Dressed in fire-engine red from his hat all the way down to his fancy shoes, Cavanaugh is a dramatic bright spot on a gray day, a visual that coincides with the upbeat music he's chosen to share with his audience. Over an '80s-era jazz-funk bass beat, Cavanaugh sings lyrics he wrote decades ago on a song called "Foolin'":
This year's Sitka Seafood Festival will feature a vintage black-and-white photo exhibit focusing on Southeast's fishing industry. The exhibit celebrates Sitka's fishing heritage circa the 1980s and is companion to a new black-and-white photobook "Alaska Fishing Gold Rush of the 1980s" by former Sitkan Jana M. Suchy.
I'm not sure why, but I left the table and took my skiff upriver. Upon reaching a predetermined point, I turned around. On my way back to wherever I was going, a small humpback whale surfaced and rolled. I continued past and arrived at where I was going to see that my table had been moved and people were eating dinner.
Alaska Electric Light and Power Company is now accepting applications from artists interesting in painting electrical boxes around Juneau. A donor has offered $300 for artist time and painting supplies per box.
The highs and lows of fishing have been written and spoken by anglers since hooking fish in the mouth became a fun way to enjoy down time. At its core, catching a fish is good and losing a fish is bad, but anyone who has fished will tell you, there are a lot of circumstances that make both much better, or much worse.
The eclectic Portland ensemble Pink Martini, with singer Storm Large, will perform at Juneau's Centennial Hall on Sunday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. The concert is a benefit for the upcoming 30th annual Jazz & Classics Festival, scheduled for May 6-21.
The Juneau School District has concluded our investigation into allegations that on or about May 30-31 of this year a group of incoming senior boys hazed/initiated a group of incoming freshmen boys by paddling them multiple times.
These events were first brought to our attention in early June. At that time the district began an initial investigation, which, due to an active police investigation and summer vacation, was put on hold. When we were informed that the police had concluded their investigation we resumed our efforts.